It’s Friday, and I’m giddy.
It isn’t the sunshine, though I hope a few UV rays will cut the glare from my legs the next time I step out in public wearing shorts.
It isn’t the upcoming weekend, even with the anticipation of family, fellowship, and an unorthodox amount of candy.
Really, the fact that it’s Friday has little to do with the butterflies in my stomach or the bounce in my step.
Right now, I hold a short story in my little hands, an old piece of fiction that went out into the submission world and come back. I like the story, well enough that I want to send it out again. But, the place where I want to send it requires that I cut the story’s word count in half.
Oooo, I love a challenge.
I love the anticipation, the adrenaline, the prospect of conquest. I figure, I have nothing to lose in attacking this story with a juicy red pen. And, at this point, I have everything to learn.
So, with that in mind, I ask:
What are your tried and true techniques to cutting a story? I mean, really cutting a story?
Do you start by circling the scenes that work the best? Or do you start by slashing away at anything that hints of disconnect?